Heading West hasn’t exactly been a gold rush for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
During their franchise history, the Jaguars are 3-15 on the West Coast against the 49ers, Chargers, Rams and Seahawks.
This week’s opponent, the Chargers, have been particularly stingy against the Jaguars. All-time they are 9-3 vs. the Jags, including 5-0 in either San Diego or Los Angeles. The Jags have played the Chargers once since they moved to L.A., losing 39-29 in 2020.
One thing working in the Jags’ favor is health. While Jacksonville is essentially injury-free, the Chargers are struggling. QB Justin Herbert is nursing fractured rib cartilage suffered last week against the Chiefs; Star receiver Keenan Allen is questionable after suffering a hamstring injury during Week 1 that had him sitting in Week 2; And also questionable are starting center Corey Linsley and right tackle Trey Pipkins III.
Of course, there’s always the looming threat of the Chargers’ relentless pass rushers Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa.
This is a chance for the Jags to excel if they can have a complete performance like they had last week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Here’s what to know about this week’s matchup:
The unfriendly left coast
As stated earlier, the Jaguars have struggled when out west. If they want to be successful, the run game will have to work better than it did in Week 2 vs. the Colts.
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It’s early, but first place is first place
Sure, a 1-1 record isn’t going to cement a place in the postseason. But when you own the only win in your division (and that’s with two of the teams having played each other!!) you have to feel good about yourself. The defense is definitely one of the reasons why.
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How do we see it?
The expert pickers for the Times-Union haven’t fared overly well through two weeks. Not one of the seven pickers is unblemished, and two are 0-2. However, they improved week-over-week from Week 1 to Week 2. What do they think will happen this week? Find out at the link below.
Week 3 staff predictions: Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers
The Colts were taken to school
The Colts weren’t supposed to be this bad. Aside from one good quarter in a Week 1 tie with the Houston Texans, they’ve been a bad team. However, they afforded the Jaguars the opportunity to build some confidence early.
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In other Jaguars news…
Tony Boselli became the first Jaguar to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, and now, two more Jags legends will get their chance. Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith have impressive resumes. But will it be enough to become enshrined? And speaking of Boselli, he’s living the good life, playing in celebrity golf tournaments against two-time winning Super Bowl champs.
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